Paz

English Translation:
Well my life was two parts, one that is a good, and the other that is bad. I have a 12-year-old son who is a citizen but we are not sure what is going to happen in time. I have two children. One is a citizen and the other is not. It is very hard, it’s hard because it’s hard to know that one will be able to do what he wants [in this country] that he can go anywhere he wants and my other child cannot do the same. It is hard, because as their mother I cannot separate them by what one has that the other doesn’t. I would like for both to have the same.

Yes, my husband was detained after he got out of work, for some reason he got lost because of a detour and then found themselves at a checkpoint, including other co-workers that are day laborers. They detained them there. He called me a 12:45am and that is when he told me that he along with four other co-workers who were in the car, were detained by immigration. He was detained for one week. Thanks to God we were able to get him out and he is here, but for some of his co-workers/companeros, it took a longer time to get them out. One of them was transferred to Texas, that is the only thing we know about him, we still don’t know what happened to him.

[My biggest fear] is that they will get us, that they detain us in front of my children. That they see when they hand cuff their parents. It think that would be an image that would stay with them, something they would never forget. It would be traumatizing for them.

It is very hard, it is a difficult journey. Because they tell you how many hours you are going to work, and then it is not true. And you don’t have any food, no water, it is very difficult, but most people take that risk because you really don’t know what awaits you. We try to always have positive thoughts, and a lot of us make it, but unfortunately… there are people that don’t make it.

And it is so hard.

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